Experience 5-Star Crete

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    6 days
    From: $ 1,333 $ 222 / day
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    • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 15 days!

    Short Description

    Sunscreen, hats, swimwear, camera... make sure you have it all, as you're about to experience the natural beauty that is Crete, Greece for 5 nights! With this special package, you'll be staying at none other than the 5-star luxury hotel, the Aldemar Royal Mare. Get ready for some real entertainment by participating in one (or more) of the hotel's exquisite amenities such as a private beach, spa, aquatic activities, and multiple pristine pools. Whenever you're ready to kick back and relax, you can soak up the sun at the hotel's beautiful pools, or enjoy it while hiking throughout Crete! Last but definitely not least, you'll be able to explore epic archaeological sites, unique hiking trails, and historical ancient palaces that have hosted kings from all throughout time. What are you waiting for? Historical magnificence, beautiful beaches, and exciting outdoor adventures await you in Crete, Greece!  

    Style Self-guided tour
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
    Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
    Start City Crete
    End City Crete

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    Greece

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Welcome to Crete!

    Do you feel it – the ancient, breathtaking atmosphere that is Crete? If not, you're about to!  Enjoy a private transfer to your comfortable accommodations after landing in Crete. Then, find yourself at home at your luxury hotel room before enjoying your first full vacation day! If you want to start immediately, the Aldemar Royal Mare offers many activities for guests to enjoy, both water-related and land activities. Choose your activity for the rest of the day then finish with a delicious meal at one of the on-site restaurants.

    Day 2 Crete

    Just a few minutes away from your luxury resort is the Crete Aquarium (known as CRETAquarium Thalassokosmos). This aquarium is home to over 2,000 marine species, some of which you probably haven't even seen before! Put on your learning cap as you prepare to stroll through the aquariuam, gaining knowledge about the local fish, huge groupers, sand tiger sharks, octopuses, and more!

    Day 3 Crete

    Next stop: Knossos Palace.  Head out of your hotel to visit the 3,000-year-old masterpiece which is believed to have been the seat of King Minos (son of Zeus and Europa, also one of the three judges in the Underworld in Greek Mythology). Unfortunately, most of the palace has been plunged into ruinous remains, but you can still tread through the courtyard. It's where the royal family entertained guests, so perhaps you can imagine yourself as royalty. Lastly, you can walk the Royal Way and gaze at the epic Throne Room. 

    Day 4 Crete

    If the tingling sensation of adventure is still keeping you up at night, you'll want to take this day to explore the expansive Samaria Gorge. This natural attraction is a 16km hike carved between two huge walls of rock, which you'll need to pass in order to get your reward – the charming coastal village of Agia Roumeli! Once you're there, take a few moments of stillness as you embrace the loving atmosphere of this peaceful, beach-side village. Don't forget to be on the lookout during your walk over! You might spot the endangered kri-kri, a feral goat who can seemingly defy gravity with its expert rock climbing. 

    Day 5 Crete

    For even more historical experiences, take yourself to Chania's Venetian Harbour for a leisurely stroll through a bustling port built in the early 1300s. The area is now filled with eateries, shops, and the city's prized possessions: the impressive lighthouse. Alternatively, you can continue the trend of visiting large palaces by taking a trip to Malia's Minoan Palace. This is the third largest palace in all of Crete, again home to one of King Minos' Brothers: Sarpedon.

    Day 6 Depart Crete!

    Wave goodbye to the beautiful island of Crete! Make sure all your bags are fully packed and you don't forget anything at the hotel. When it's time, take your private transfer to the airport and have a great flight back home. 

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    Price Per Day: $ 222 per day

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    Portugal

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    This is my 3rd GVV and would use this company again. They deliver what is offered.

    The rental car company tried to charge…

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    The rental car company tried to charge for additional items not required. Cars were dirty on the inside. Additional charges of $50 + tax/day for resort fee. Property under staffed to handle volume of visitors.
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    Never again!

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    I had many problems working with the tour agency prior to departure. Our flight routings were terrible! Two stops there and back from Dulles to Dublin. (17+ hours there, 30+ hours back)
    The hotels were ok.
    The car rental went smoothly.
    I will never book a trip through them again.
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    TOURGREECE

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    I think the problem was with the company you all use TOURGREECE I had to Catch a cab to and from the airport and to and from the ferry I was thinking that was included when I booked my trip.
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    3/4 hotels were dumps!

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    Pros: Transfers and paperwork were all organized. Shuttles/ vans were all newer models and clean.

    Cons: 3 out of our 4 hotels were dumps. Super disappointed especially after watching other people from our group get dropped off at much nicer hotels.
    Our hotel in Athens, Candia, was the worst, more like a 2 star.
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    HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE - LIERS

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    Booked a trip to Indonesia on 9/07, paid almost $600 extra to have flights with fewer transfers and less time at the airport but a couple of hours later upon checking airlines learned that one of the flights I booked that was advertised as having 1 stop (according to Great Value Vacations) actually has 2 stops (according to the airlines) - called customer service but no answer because they were closed (company that sells tours all over the world doesn't have 24 hours customer service line? First red flag...). Called back in the morning (about 12 hours since booking), explained the situation and was told that the claim was opened and their flight department will investigate and call me back. Asked about 24 hours cancelation policy because if this flight has 2 stops I want to either change the flight to have fewer stops or get a refund for the price difference  because they totally misrepresented flight information on their website (that I paid extra for) or completely cancel the trip and I'll rebook with a different flight - was assured that they have a record of this claim and it wouldn't be an issue canceling for this reason even if they come back to me after more than 24 hours (LIE!). Closer to a 24 hour mark since booking but still within the window nobody called me back and I sent an email to customer service about this issue with all the details of the problem and alternative flights that are much cheaper and way more convenient and had only 1 stop... Did not receive any response the next day either - called again and a different representative confirmed that yes the flight I booked actually had 2 stops and the issue will be escalated to the management and I will receive a call back with my options. 2 days later the same representative called me and asked for alternative flight details that I would be interested in instead of the originally booked one and I gave the same information as was in the email - was told that the supervisor will call me back. On 9/13 I get an email (reply to the email sent 6 days prior) saying that I supposedly already received the assistance (???) - nobody ever called me. 9/15 - called again to follow up and was told that this is still under review and supervisor will call me back - no call. 9/20 - called again and was told that there are no alternative flights (lie!) and they can't refund the price difference. I asked to cancel this booking if this is the case (something originally discussed the first time I spoke with the representative) and was told that it's outside the 24 hour period and if I were to cancel I will lose 100% of the money paid. Asked to talk to the supervisor/manager and was told that they will call me back (when??? it's been almost 2 weeks!), asked the representative to escalate this but the representative just rudely hung up the phone... As far as I'm concerned they already lied (misrepresented) about the ticket/flights, they lied about how the cancelation policy works and dragged this out of the free cancellation window, they lied about calling back (multiple times) - what else do they lie about? Will this trip even happen? Customer service is NOT helpful and no supervisor or managers are ever available. Will NOT recommend this experience to anyone!!!! RUN AWAY and USE ANY OTHER COMPANY and save yourself a headache of dealing with these liers!
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    Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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